04/21/15 8:51am

Casa Chirilagua, a wonderful non-profit in Alexandria, Virginia, is a community of people “learning together to love their neighbors as themselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria. Consider supporting them during the 5th annual Spring2ACTion happening TOMORROW, April 22. They’re on my list for tomorrow. Will they be on yours?

To donate to Casa Chirilagua, visit this link.

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04/20/15 5:01pm

Flying Fish Restaurant located at 815A King Street in Alexandria, Virginia

In addition to the Olea Restaurant, which is soon to become Magnolia’s on King, and Artfully Chocolate, which is likely closing after seven (7) years in business in their Carlyle space, we have confirmed from sources that the Flying Fish has closed its doors on King Street in Old Town Alexandria.

The Flying Fish Restaurant, located at 815 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is selling all of their items at auction (kitchen and dining items as well as flat screen TVs). The bidding has started at this link and the auction begins to CLOSE starting on April 27, 2015.

What would you like see replace the Flying Fish??

04/20/15 3:44pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the City of Alexandria and the surrounding area until 10:00 PM THIS evening (Monday, April 20, 2015). What’s the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? Check out this link.

A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes.

SUMMARY…THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER NORTHERN VA AND
WESTERN MD THIS AFTERNOON…TRACKING ACROSS THE WATCH AREA.
DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL ARE THE MAIN THREATS. HOWEVER…BACKED LOW
LEVEL WINDS NEAR A WARM FRONT MAY BE SUFFICIENT TO ENHANCE THE RISK
OF ISOLATED TORNADOES OVER NORTHERN PARTS OF THE WATCH.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 90 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF
CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA TO 25 MILES NORTH OF HARRISBURG
PENNSYLVANIA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

04/20/15 3:01pm

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If you skipped any of these posts below, perhaps you’d like to have a look now, as they were the 10 most popular posts out of all of our posts last week – ending Sunday, April 19, 2015. List runs from number 10 to number 1.

Washington, D.C. may have had a gyrocopter as the talk of the town last week but, in Alexandria, Virginia, the ‘Shopper Chopper‘ certainly was the story everyone wanted to read about by a long shot. The post(s) went super-hot once it was picked up by Dave Barry’s blog.

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04/20/15 2:05pm

Carluccio's at 100 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

As reported first here on Red Brick Town, Carluccio’s, the UK-based restaurant group, was opening its first restaurant in the U.S.A. right here in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 100 King Street. See this link as well. Carluccio’s will have authentic food from all 21 regions of Italy in the historic, Italianate building as well as cooking classes and wine tastings.

The group received their BAR approvals last year and recently have been constructing the new market and restaurant in the historic space.

As you can see above, scaffolding has gone up as crews are sprucing up the outer part of the building and attending to approved BAR items. Below, you can see based on this photo, that crews have been working quickly. Walls and ceilings are going in as is equipment. I am told from sources that construction on the new space should be finished the first week of May with an opening soon after.

Speaking of opening, based on this Craigslist posting for jobs, a May opening it will be. Carluccio’s USA is looking for both front of house and back of house staff. If you are interested in a job, see the link and/or email them @ 100KingSt@gmail.com.

Carluccio's at 100 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

04/20/15 12:34pm

Vote Here

Absentee voting for the June 9 Democratic Primary begins on Friday, April 24. Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, for example, if they are:

  • Away for personal business, work, vacation, active military service or at school.
  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Take into account those days when traffic is heavy or the weather is bad and it takes longer than usual to get to and from work.
  • Physically unable to go to the polls because of an illness or disability.
  • A caregiver for a confined family member.
  • A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician, search and rescue).

To learn more about these, and other circumstances in which absentee voting is an appropriate option, visit alexandriava.gov/Elections and click on “Absentee Voting,” or call 703.746.4050.

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04/20/15 12:32pm

Reenactment of Marquis de Lafayette’s Historic Voyage

As we told you last week, this summer, visitors to Alexandria, Virginia, can explore an exact replica of the ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington with news of full French aid in 1780, helping turn the tide of the American Revolution. French tall ship Hermionewill sail 3,819 miles across the Atlantic from France to the U.S. to commemorate Lafayette’s historic voyage before docking in Alexandria, the ship’s Washington, D.C. port of call and one of 12 iconic stops on its tour.

In this video, the Hermione frigate replica  is sailing under full sail Saturday, April 18 from the Atlantic Ocean towards the Canary Islands, the States, then on to Alexandria, Virginia.

Image credit Francis Latreille

Image credit Francis Latreille